Australia rang in the New Year in Sydney and crowds were lined up for hours for the city’s renowned pyrotechnics show.
More than 1.5 million people lined the harbour for a view of the extravagant show.
The fireworks were launched from four sails of the Sydney Opera House for the first time in more than a decade. The local council said the secret fireworks feature, that erupted on the Sydney Harbor Bridge, was twice the size of last year’s centerpiece of the show.
In downtown Toronto, City will once again be hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party at Nathan Phillips Square.
The party will run from 8 p.m. to midnight, the 29th year City has celebrated in the square.
There will be skating, food trucks, musical performances from KiSS 92.5 DJ Clymaxxx, R&B band Fathead and funk band God Made Me Funky, and of course, a spectacular fireworks show to ring in 2014.
Hosts from City and Sportsnet will emcee live events and host coverage from the square, while on City, viewers can watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.
CityNews Tonight will carry live coverage of festivities from the square at 11 p.m. in a special national news edition.
When revelers pack Times Square to ring in 2014, they will be greeted with some familiar practices: The annual ball drop, a hefty police presence and live musical performances. But for the first time in a decade, a New York City mayor won’t attend the countdown at the crossroads of the world.
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who attended every other celebration during his tenure, hobnobbing with celebrities and receiving a peck on the cheek from Lady Gaga, said he’s sitting out Tuesday’s festivities to spend time with family and friends.
About 1 million people from all over the world are expected to pack into the bow-tie-shaped stretch of streets in midtown Manhattan to see the crystal ball drop and count down to 2014, organizers said.
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